While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. – Matthew 26:47-56 (NLT)
After Jesus’ prayer of “your will be done,” there is a remarkable change in him. He goes from extremely troubled to peaceful and calm. His words here “But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled…” speak words of extreme focus. He is no longer consumed with worry about the pain and torment he will endure but is focused on moving the kingdom of God forward. This is a complete 180 and has to deal with the connection that Jesus and the Father had in that prayer. Prayer is powerful. For Jesus he was able to do the Father’s will and not call down 12 legions (72,000) of angels from heaven because prayer had refocused him.
How does prayer change you? What has God done through you with prayer? How does prayer shape your life? How can your prayer life be improved?